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Way of the Mantis

Published 2006

Here is our thesis animation completed at RIT.
It is the story of an impetuous Chinese monk who finds he has a thing or two to learn from an unlikely source. The animation is rendered in a brushpainted style reminiscient of old Te Wei films. Enjoy!

Run time 6 minutes
Producer Joseph Daniels and Jedidiah Mitchell
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviewer: EricJ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2015
Subject: Nicely done!
I'm sure you've both earned an excellent grade!
Up lifting story; excellent animation!
Reviewer: ACT1 NowPlaying - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2013
Subject: Five Stars for The Mantis *****
Thank you to the poster of these gems.
This is a awesome short feature and we show this one and many more like it in our Movie podcast collection at

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Reviewer: Siwela - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2013
Subject: Great
Amazing and Thank You.
Reviewer: PlanetPeace - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2013
Subject: Wah ~ Lum
Just a beautiful work of art, a case of less is more. Simple patterns flowing with light pastels brought together with flute and beating drums. It brings home a message of Wisdom. A defining piece of cultural art.

{Wah~Lum} The Praying Mantis form of Martial Arts.
Reviewer: Enigmatikus - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2012
Subject: Very enjoyable
The music was great, the animation was fun and dynamic, and the story line was inspirational and provocative. May the way of the Mantis and its spirit endure.
Reviewer: duncanangus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2011
Subject: great
love it
Reviewer: Pleonic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2011
Subject: A Little Masterpiece
One of the finest animations I've seen on the Archive. The artwork is extraordinary.

A young martial arts pupil learns the wisdom of the humble mantis.
Reviewer: NoSpillBlood - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2011
Subject: Laudable work
Thanks and congratulations are in order. Thanks for sharing your gifts here.
Reviewer: Vance Capley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2011
Subject: Excellent work!
The only question I have is what's next?
Reviewer: splue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2011
Subject: rly kewl
vry nice job!!!
Reviewer: nyurbiz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2009
Subject: Nice
I enjoyed the look, the music was very good, and the story very good too. Great job.
Reviewer: Chetzpt22 - favorite - July 24, 2009
Subject: TOO simple
some detail in the graphics might have pulled it off for me-looks like a hand shakes worth of time was spent on it.
Reviewer: mind_noise - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: Students creates Masterpiece
Excellent work here. Classic tale of the student learning through observation and deduction of the natural world around him, resulting in his evolution into the master's approval. Much like The Way, this cannot be described, only experienced.
Reviewer: xerby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2007
Subject: Complete
No more, no less. The walk of the student: perfect. Total animation and music sync: excellent. Thank You, xerby
Reviewer: haza - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2007
Subject: impressive
great look, great action, very well directed, and the expressions on the faces was great. all around enjoyable. thank you. /h
Reviewer: profpjm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: Very nice
I think the figure/ground movement is nice; makes it seem more real. The music is also very good. Great work!
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